0711 Construction managers

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Lead statement

Construction managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of a construction company or a construction department within a company, under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager. They are employed by residential, commercial and industrial construction companies and by construction departments of companies outside the construction industry.

Example Titles

  • commercial construction manager
  • construction manager
  • construction superintendent
  • general contractor
  • housing construction manager
  • industrial construction manager
  • pipeline construction manager
  • project manager, construction
  • residential construction manager

Main duties

  • Construction managers perform some or all of the following duties:
    • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate construction projects from start to finish according to schedule, specifications and budget
    • Prepare and submit construction project budget estimates
    • Plan and prepare construction schedules and milestones and monitor progress against established schedules
    • Prepare contracts and negotiate revisions, changes and additions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers and subcontractors
    • Develop and implement quality control programs
    • Represent company on matters such as business services and union contracts negotiation
    • Prepare progress reports and issue progress schedules to clients
    • Direct the purchase of building materials and land acquisitions
    • Hire and supervise the activities of subcontractors and subordinate staff.

Employment requirements

  • A university degree in civil engineering or a college diploma in construction technology is usually required.
  • A master's degree in project management may be required.
  • Several years of experience in the construction industry, including experience as a construction supervisor or field superintendent, are usually required.
  • Extensive experience in the construction industry may substitute for post-secondary education requirements.
  • Professional engineering status or construction trade certification may be required by some employers.

Additional information

  • Progression to senior management positions is possible with experience.


  • Home building and renovation managers (07120712)
  • Senior managers - construction, transportation, production and utilities (00160016)